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relating to or having undergone an enterostomy.
enterostomal therapist one who is certified to assist in the specialized care of patients who have undergone enterostomy or who require special skin or wound care; see also stoma. Information about local therapists available for consultation can be obtained by writing to Wound Ostomy and Continence Nurses Society, 4700 W. Lake, Glenview, IL 60025.
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An individual trained to teach patients proper methods of caring for an ostomy. The certification title is certified enterostomal therapy nurse (CETN).
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Enterostomal therapist (ET)
A specialized counselor, usually a registered nurse, who provides ostomy patients with education and counseling before the operation. After surgery, the ET helps the patient learn to take care of the stoma and appliance, and offers long-term emotional support.
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